Wellington

Banks Peninsula Track
History of the French colonies
The Giant’s House

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Wellington

On holiday with New Zealanders

The small coastal town of Akaroa ("Long Bay Harbour"), at the eastern end of Akaroa Harbour, is 85 km from Christchurch and is known as the French colony of New Zealand.

Very little remains of the history linked to the early settlers that arrived here in 1838 – a few buildings and, in particular, the names of the streets – but Akaroa, as you will discover during your MSC World Cruise, is a charming coastal town that you can easily visit on foot. 
 
A favourite holidays destination for New Zealanders, it is a good starting point for visiting the surrounding area, either with a walk along the Banks Peninsula Track or on a boat trip around the Bay to see dolphins. 
 
If you prefer to stay in town, Akaroa has a wide variety of shops and restaurants. The Akaroa Museum is opposite the Visitor Centre, where you can enjoy exhibitions dedicated to Maori craftsmanship, a twenty-minute film on the history of the settlement, photographs of the early settlers and objects associated with the whaling industry. The building that houses the Museum is also interesting because you can see the former Court House, a small Custom House and a residential building dating back to the 1840s. 
 
There is also a small French cemetery north of the town, which can be reached by a path leading off Rue Pompallier. 
 
You can independently visit The Giant's House, home of sculptor Josie Martin, which from the moment you enter the garden is an explosion of colours between sculptures, mosaics and paintings. 
 
Another interesting place is the former hydroelectric Powerhouse, built in 1911, which once provided electricity to the town. The building still contains its original machinery, although it is now dedicated to concerts and local art exhibitions. 
 
Other MSC day trips include a ride on the Tranzalpine Train to the Arthur Pass or a visit to a local farm

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    Nueva Zelanda

    Observación de los pájaros Kiwi en una tierra de pioneros y aventureros
    Observación de los pájaros Kiwi en una tierra de pioneros y aventureros

    Nueva Zelanda se encuentra en medio del océano Pacífico, en Oceanía.

    Se compone de dos islas principales, la Isla Norte y la Isla Sur, así como de numerosas islas de menor tamaño, como las Islas Chatham. Se trata de un país con poca desidad de población, lleno de sorpresas, de bellezas naturales y de amplios paisajes. 
    La capital, Wellington, supone una visita obligada a una ciudad animada y divertida con músicos callejeros y mercados coloridos. Auckland, la ciudad más grande y poblada de Nueva Zelanda, será una de las escalas más hermosas de tu MSC World Cruise. En la «Ciudad de las Velas», conocida con ese sobrenombre por sus preciosas bahías y su pasión por los yates y los deportes acuáticos, disfrutarás de una extraordinaria estancia. 
    No puedes perderte la visita a la Sky Tower: desde 328 metros de altura, podrás disfrutar de una maravillosa vista que se extiende a lo largo de 80 kilómetros. A media hora de la ciudad se encuentran los bosques de los montes de Waitakere, en los que podrás ver árboles de Kauri milenarios, con troncos de varios metros de diámetro, y visitar Piha, un popular destino para los surfistas de todo el mundo que te encantará con su playa de arena negra volcánica.